Dr. Jürgen Schaflechner
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Research project "The Populism of the Precarious: Marginalization, Mobilization, and Mediatization of South Asia's Religious Minorities"
Current Research Project:
POPULISM OF THE PRECARIOUS, MARGINALIZATION, MOBILIZATION, AND MEDIATIZATION OF SOUTH ASIA’S RELIGIOUS MINORITIES.
How do religiously discriminated communities in India and Pakistan become political actors in the 21st century? How does the role of the digital in everyday life change the establishment and sustainability of religious minorities' social movements in transnational and local publics and, in fact, their attempts to emerge as ‘the people'? And what can case-studies of politically active religious minorities in South Asia contribute to recent discussions on the global rise of populism—whose analysis, so far, has been dominated by European and American examples? On the basis of these and other key questions, this project aims to extend studies on the current life-worlds of religious minorities in India and Pakistan, social media's influence on today's South Asian political landscapes, and, crucially, the nexus of populism and religion in its effort to produce concepts of citizenship and ‘the people.'